Allan Teger Brilliant Body Art

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English: Organ adapted for use in Human body diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Allan Teger was an academic psychologist in the 1970s, who began feeling dissatisfied with his life. He had been considering, for some time, the notion that for centuries, many artists believed the human body to have great artistic merit in its own right.

Teger was, however, a great believer in the concept of the simultaneous existence of two types of reality being possible, this idea giving rise to his artistic ideas. These then became a reality after 1975, when he had started to employ his camera as a means of illustrating this co-existence of two realities at the same time and place.

This gave rise to his belief that universal structure and shape is constantly repeated, and he became an artist specializing in photography, for whom the body is not in the least a sexual thing, but instead the backdrop  to a whole host of activities. The human body is host to billions of microscopic guests, so small that they must, if indeed they can, view those bodies as unimaginably vast landscapes.

Teger saw this as a tantalizing notion, and began wondering how to give this a human face, by creating miniature scenarios of tiny people going about their daily business, not in the countryside, but amongst the cavernous vistas of the human body, as seen from their perspective. Thus was born bodyscape art photography.

Psychologist Tager was a self-taught photographer, who had no interest in nude studies for their own sake, but loved the dynamic concept he was embracing.  He pointed out that female breasts, properly pictured, can seem mountainous, showing how his two realities idea works, and this led to his beginning work.

He was a novice in the art world, with no idea how to proceed, so he simply approached his project with a conviction that he was breaking new ground. He sited toys and miniatures on various parts of the bodies of the models he was employing, shooting only single exposure images.

This technique led to artwork and imagery that very soon developed into  a stunning series of breath-taking and quite thought-provoking photographs. These really do demonstrate all too clearly that art can be, at the same time both serious, and  fun. Unsurprisingly, many viewers fail, at first, to appreciate that the figures they look at are using human bodies as landscapes at all, but all agree that these amazing pictures brighten the day of all who seeing them.


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